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The South African born, Norwegian-based artist, Nomzi Kumalo, celebrates 7 years sober by releasing a critically acclaimed début single under her own record label, Kumalo Records. Six-time Grammy winner Brian Vibberts wrote, “WOW! The “Truth” is so honest and heartfelt. A great vocal performance!!!” when he heard it.

The Truth” premiered on South Africa’s national urban and contemporary radio station, Metro FM, the night before it dropped. Surprising listeners with her first ever live interview, all the way from Oslo, by none other than the South African media icon, Nothemba Madumo. The single will soon have a radio premiere in Norway, with her first Norwegian radio interview by Ole Sven Engelsvold, on NRK P2 – Kulturstripa program.

Nomzi left home 17 years ago with her then husband, to live in his native land, France but later they would relocate to Norway – where she has lived since then. After separating from her husband she became compelled to make sense of her turbulent past and find out how she ended up on the opposite end of the world.

Writing poetry, gathering old texts and recorded melodies from a tiny cassette dictaphone became her way of putting together the pieces of her life. And not a complete stranger to music, her grandfather, a classical pianist himself, had intuitively given her the name, “Nomzi”, which means “home” in isiXhosa, as though he knew how much she would come to need it. Now, music has chosen her and she continues her rehabilitation through writing and singing her songs.

Nomzi channels her creative power and imagination, from the choice of her hairstyle, piercings, the statement of her strictly classic black and white aesthetic, through to the contrast of her bare feet when she appears on stage. She sings without filters, connecting with her audiences with a melancholic soulful sound and a strikingly earthy vocal identity that is hers. A singer, songwriter, poet and painter of emotions, her neo-soul pop ballads are about love and resilience and about how she is overcoming trauma and addiction.

The Truth” was written back in 2008, before Nomzi eventually abandoned her craft as a painter and fine artist. This was many years ahead of her understanding of what “The Truth” would come to mean to her. “I had no idea that I would one day release it, let alone as a performing and recording artist”, she admits.

Nomzi has already delivered a stream of unique and intense concerts in Norway. Her Norwegian band first appeared on stage together in 2018 and they have newly welcomed a bassist as well as a Bosnian accordionist to the band. Prior to her début, she has performed in venues such as the Oslo Concert Hall and The Noble Peace Centre.

Her first single is only the beginning of more music releases and concert tours in the near future, and it could not come at a better time, as we look forward to spending more time with loved ones, reflecting on a year that is almost done and contemplating what makes us feel at home. She is ready. Her music is ready.

Published: Schizophrenic times

I am happy to announce that I was published in Ons Klynti; an independent South African cultural magazine. To have my poem Schizophrenic times printed in this issue is fabulous. The magazine is published and launched annually at the Oppikoppi music festival in South Africa.

Thank you so much for appreciating my work like this and thank you for your continued support here on WordPress. Read more about this contemporary online magazine @ Ons Klyntji

Feel free to catch up on my most recent poems by clicking here: Nomzi Kumalo Poetry Collection. Thank you so much 🌸

Copyright © Nomzi Kumalo, 2018.

Joy

I hear the church bells ringing
And the birds take flight into the cold spring skies
And of all the things that I wish to do
I want to know what it is like to soar with you
Through the mundane things of this world

Because masturbation is not love
Pornography is not love
Equality is not love

Love is free from our imagination
As free as the rain that falls from the heavens
Mountains valleys oceans alleys
She can not be rented nor invented nor paused

So forget about yesterday and tell me about now
What brings you pure joy
Love.

Copyright © Nomzi Kumalo, 2016.

 

How to remove the dread from the locks.

I used to dread the dreadlock until I let my locks, my hair grow out on its own. So that I can let you know that I too am love. Be gentle with yourself. There is courage and freedom and inner peace to be gained from this.

Dreadlocking

Forests of dark coily hair jerseyed
Into the fabric of my immigrant life
Understanding what is my ground
Something that’s not yours to name.

Copyright © Nomzi Kumalo, 2014.

“Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.” Ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu.

A Human Encounter

As though I am built of some other material
That neither you nor I can make out
Whether you are shapeshifting or maybe I

Beautiful warm burgundy animal blood
Humping thumping breathing organs
Fingerprint all my genes awake

Ancient codes in each and every cell
Popping flesh bubbles and children unborn
It’s my turn it’s my turn it’s my turn it’s mine

Survival in the love and war of the breeders
Horniness half hysterical on a cliff edge
Commanding a thousand valleys a thousand streams

Hot savage bliss in the climax to live on
Significant insignificance as we bow our heads
To surrender to such violence in rebirth.

Copyright © Nomzi Kumalo, 2014.

Originally posted 15 March 2014

The Bathroom mirror

Sometimes the day molds me
Into features I do not recognise
A new day when at first glance
The morning has not touched me
And neither have I had a chance
To sculpt it with anxious hands

When loving you is so effortless
Not one of my secrets is original
I set loose a hundred possessions
And stand innocent in Nothing land
Nothing land she has everything
She knows well of eternal youth.

Copyright © Nomzi Kumalo, 2014.

Originally posted 22 March 2014